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Cement production begins in Burundi

World Cement,

Burundi Cement Company (BUCECO) has started cement production at its plant in the northern province of Chibitoke and aims to produce approximately 35 000 t this year.

Local reports suggest that US$10 million was spent on assembling and equipping the plant, which will have an installed capacity of 100 000 tpa.

According to Burundi’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, over 120 000 t of cement were imported by the country last year, mainly from East African Community (EAC) neighbours, including Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania

Managing Director of BUCECO, Aime Mananda, said: “We have good news for Burundians, the cement we produce will be cheaper than what is currently found on the market.” He continued: “Our 50 kg bag of cement shall be available at retail stores at only  FBU 20 000 (Burundi Francs), an equivalent US$16/bag.” Cement is the country had typically been sold at  FBU 21 500/bag (US$17).

However, the company still has to import raw materials from abroad, and there has also been an irregular supply of water and electricity to the plant.

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